This month, Vance and I threw together our first family cookbook. It's scheduled to arrive this Tuesday from Blurb, and I am probably disproportionately excited about it. When the Fed Ex guy rings the doorbell I imagine myself running full sprint through the office, knocking over whoever might be in the way, to get to the door first. Imagine what I'll do when I actually write a "real" cookbook!
I've already started thinking about next year's edition. I want each of the recipes to be an original, which is a huge undertaking for me. I'm very comfortable following someone else's instructions, knowing it was good enough when they made it to publish in a book or magazine; it's another thing entirely for me to conjure a recipe on my own.
I'm also planning to make it more seasonal and locally oriented, featuring whatever happens to be growing around us at the time. With all that in mind, I present to you the first recipe for the 2011 Kite Cafe cookbook.
I shall call this "the one that made me feel better about that lobster mac 'n cheese." Or, "the one that takes more calories to prepare than it does to burn off" (okay, maybe that's a bit of a stretch). Or how about, "the one that contained kale and didn't set off my gag reflex." I think I've really got something with that last one.
Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage SoupServes 4-6 This recipe features locally grown kale, sweet potatoes, and tomato. If tomatoes aren't growing near you this type of year, you can skip them. They were just sitting on the counter, begging to be thrown into the soup last minute.
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small cubes
- 1 bunch dinosaur kale
- 1 tomato, cut into large dice
- ½ cup dry white wine
- 2 cups chicken stock (vegetable stock would also work)
- 2 cups water
- ½ lb. your favorite bulk sausage (vegan if you like)
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Whole nutmeg
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Shaved parmesan cheese (optional)
- Crispy onions (optional)